…As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and we are outraged.
On Saturday, November 12th Seekers Church will welcome and honor Reverend Peter Storey, a South African Methodist minister and theologian, to share some of his experience. Reverend Storey is the former president of the Methodist Church of South Africa and bishop of Johannesburg, former president of the South African Council of Churches, and Professor at Duke University Divinity School. He was a leading voice in the struggle against apartheid, was a prison chaplain to Nelson Mandela, and was deeply engaged in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Peter is a critical link that led Seekers to a deep engagement in and with South Africa, including our support to the Carpenters’ medical work and later M.U.K.A.,…
Seekers Church acknowledges and confronts the difficult history of white supremacy and racism that we and other Christian churches have perpetuated. We seek to dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism in ourselves, in our faith community, in our nation and in our world – by better aligning our words and actions to the hopes and teachings of Jesus.
Moving forward the team will support our work toward:
- Centering and following the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of (BIPOC) Color voices and ethnic minorities.
- Deconstructing our racist systems of punishment, oppression and control.
- Divesting resources from systems that are causing harm.
- Building systems of safety, care and racial healing for all.
Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for international giving this year approaches 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget for the year was approved, and the overall amount available for international giving had been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all Seekers were invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
After worship on February 19th the community met to determine how our international giving will be distributed. At that community meeting we affirmed support for 13 international missions and ministries:
Othandweni Day Care and Guest House – South Africa
The recipient organizations of our domestic giving vary somewhat from year to year. The general rule is that one or more Seekers are personally involved in these organizations in some way. Recipients are chosen by consensus during an open meeting of the congregation at the start of every year.
Domestic Giving 2022
Seekers Church donates generously to missions and ministries within the United States, with an amount this year that equals a bit over 22% of expected offerings for the year. The community has agreed to several conditions to ensure that our giving is connected to and reinforces our personal efforts and passions.…
In March 2022 the Stewards of Seekers Church affirmed a commitment as “partner community” with CreatureKind, the nonprofit group that advocates for awareness about Christian obligations to farmed animals. The complete partnership statement can be found here.…